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NFTA ENDS DISCUSSIONS OF TERMINAL REJECTS TRUCK FACILITY AT ITS INDUSTRIAL PARK

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority today officially ended any discussion of a truck terminal at its Lakeside Industrial Park.

At Monday's full board meeting, the matter was tabled but not killed -- thus seeming to keep alive the possibility of future discussions. But the operations committee today formally resolved to end discussions with a group headed by Frank J. McGuire and to formally "oppose any future use of the property . . . for a truck terminal facility."

In a prepared statement about the NFTA's commitment to public access to the waterfront, NFTA Chairman Robert Gioia noted that in the last eight years $9 million in state and federal money and $6.4 million in NFTA funds had been spent on recreational upgrades of the 440 acres of waterfront land owned by the authority. Another $17 million will be spent on the Shooters restaurant and marina project.

"The Small Boat Harbor has grown from 200 to over 1,000 slips" he said, "and from one to 14 boat launches."

In September 1988, the NFTA signed an agreement of cooperation with the Horizons Waterfront Commission, he said, and "in January, I wrote to the commission chairman that the NFTA will present any and all of our phases of our plans to them for their review and comment."

"Today we finally end the possibility of a truck inspection facility on the waterfront," Gioia added.

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